Tivoli Gardens hold Wolmer's Boys' to 0-0 draw

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Tivoli Gardens High and Wolmer's Boys' School played to a 0-0 draw in their Group A contest in the 2017 Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Manning Cup competition at Tivoli Gardens yesterday.

Despite the draw, Wolmer's Boys' remained on top of the group with 10 points from four games with a better goal difference than Tivoli Gardens, who are second, but also on 10 points from four games.

Haile Selassie, who defeated Kingston High (fourth on three points) 5-0, are third on six points from three games. Pembroke Hall defeated Innswood High 2-1 for fifth place in the standings. Pembroke Hall are on three points from three games, while Innswood are rooted at the bottom of the table without a point from four games.

Tommy Ricketts, coach of Tivoli Gardens, credited his team for a job well done in every department.

“The team's performance was tremendous. I mean, we held a Wolmer's team for 90 minutes plus five minutes of extra time and that I believe is well done by Tivoli Gardens. We are very satisfied with the result and hope that next time we can convert the chances we missed,” Ricketts told the Jamaica Observer.

However, his opposite number Rudolph Speid was not happy with the outcome of the encounter.

“No, definitely not; I am not satisfied with the draw. In normal football terms I would be satisfied, but not today (yesterday) as we didn't play tactically well and we could have come out with the three points. If we had converted the many chances that we got, especially in the latter part of the game, we could have won the encounter,” Speid said.

There wasn't much to separate Tivoli and Wolmer's Boys' in the first half of the encounter as both teams went about their business very cautiously.

Although it seemed like Wolmer's Boys' dominated proceedings in terms of more possession of the ball and more shots at the target, the well-organised Tivoli were equal to the task and held their opponents at bay.

The second half started the same way as the first and only came alive in the 71st minute of play when Shamar McLean from Wolmer's Boys' struck a free kick from 25 yards out that was punched out by Khail Simpson in goal for Tivoli Gardens. The home team struck back immediatley when Wolmer's Boys' goalkeeper Tajay Griffiths acrobatically latched onto the ball in mid-air from a spectacular strike from Kaheem Downer in the 72nd minute.

Tivoli Gardens could have grabbed the first goal in the 81st minute but Rohan Brown fired straight at Griffiths from an acute angle.

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